• Welcome to CivilWarTalk, a forum about the American Civil War! - Join today! It's fast, simple, and FREE!
  • Prefixes in this forum are used to denote a persons gender, as well as their affiliation with the Union or the Confederate States, (CS/Gray for Confederates, US/Blue for Union), and their rank at the time the Civil War ended, which applies to the majority of men (Gold Stars apply to ranks of General, Silver Eagles to Union Colonels, 3 Silver Stars to Confederate Colonels). Confederate Generals have BG (Brigadier General), MG (Major General), and LG (Lieutenant General), among the gold stars used to denote their rank.
    Some Prefixes are used to denote a persons profession or specialty (ie: the green 'H' identifies Medical personnel, The Anchor with USN or CSN is for Naval Personnel).

Holt, Joseph

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!

gentlemanrob

Brigadier General
Moderator
Forum Host
Joined
Apr 11, 2016
Location
NE Georgia - SC
Joseph Holt

Holt.jpg
Born:
January 6, 1807

Birthplace: Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Father:
Colonel John Washington Holt 1772 – 1838
(Buried: Holt Family Cemetery, Holt, Kentucky)​

Mother: Eleanor K. Stephens 1782 – 1871
(Buried: Holt Family Cemetery, Holt, Kentucky)​

1st Wife: Mary Harrison 1811 – 1846 – (Died of Tuberculosis)
(Buried: Hynes – Talbott Cemetery, Bardstown, Kentucky)​

2nd Wife: Margaret Wickliffe 1821 – 1860
(Buried: Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Kentucky)​

Education:

Attended St. Joseph’s College and Centre College​

Occupation before War:

Assistant Editor of Louisville Public Advertiser Newspaper
1833 – 1835: Commonwealth Attorney in Kentucky​
Attorney in Port Gibson, Natchez, and Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1857 – 1859: United States Commissioner of Patents​
1859 – 1860: United States Postmaster General​
1861: United States Secretary of U.S. War Department​

Civil War Career:

1862 – 1875: Judge Advocate General of United States Army​
Wrote the argument in supreme court against Clement Vallandigham
Holt 3.jpg
1864 – 1875: Brigadier General, United States Army​
1864: Prosecuting in the court martial of Major General Fitz John Porter​
1864: Declined the office of United States Secretary of Interior​
1864: Declined the office of United States Attorney General​
1864: Considered a possible Vice-Presidential Candidate​
1865: Chief Prosecutor in the trial of the Lincoln Assassinators​

Occupation after War:

1862 – 1875: Judge Advocate General of United States Army​
1864 – 1875: Brigadier General United States Army​
1866: Issued a pamphlet Vindication of Judge Advocate General Holt From the Foul
Soldiers of Traitors, Confessed perjuries and suborners, Acting in the interest of
Jefferson Davis

Died: August 1, 1894

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death:
Fracture of neck of femur caused by fall, exhaustion

Age at time of Death: 87 years old

Burial Place: Holt Family Cemetery, Holt, Kentucky

Holt 2.jpg
Holt 4.jpg
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Polloco

2nd Lieutenant
Joined
Sep 15, 2018
Location
South Texas
He had something to do (prosecuter I think)with the trials of Gen. Fitz-John Porter, Henry Wirz, Clement Vallandigham, and the Lincoln Conspirators. It was the actions of Holt that enabled the execution of Mary Surratt. Her plea for clemency probably would have resulted in Surratt's pardon had President Johnson seen the actual recommendation written on Mrs. Surratt's behalf. But Holt prevented Johnson from seeing the plea.
 
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!
Top